Algorithm/task list, computer science homework help

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This assignment involves creating an algorithm. An algorithm (pronounced AL-go-rith-um) is a procedure or formula for solving a problem. We will see in future weeks how the detailed steps of this type of procedure relate to pseudocode and, in general, to the development of programming flow and logic.

"An algorithm is a specific set of instructions for carrying out a procedure or solving a problem, usually with the requirement that the procedure terminate at some point. Specific algorithms sometimes also go by the name method, procedure, or technique. The word algorithm is a distortion of al-Khwārizmī, a Persian mathematician who wrote an influential treatise about algebraic methods." Weisstein, E. (n.d.). Algorithm. Retrieved from


  • Watch the Khan Academy video "Intro to Algorithms."
  • Watch Lesson 1, "Programming Basics," of the® video "Foundations of Programming: Fundamentals" with Simon Allardice.

Identify a common task that might occur regularly. The task should be one that might occur in a business setting rather than one in someone's personal life.
Create a 1-page Microsoft® Word document that lists the 15 to 20 steps required to perform the identified task. The steps should be written in a clear and easy-to-read format so that someone else could complete them without further explanation. When describing the steps:

  • They should be observable
  • Use an active verb and object format ("Open the desk drawer", "Ask the user for the amount")
  • Use short phrases, as opposed to complete sentences. But, ensure it is clear and understandable to someone not familiar with the process.

Tutor Answer

School: New York University

Awesome, I actually studied computer science for a few years in college before switching my major, it's really a fun time. I've taken classes specifically on algorithms, as well as Data Structures and Algorithms, I think you'll enjoy the courses 😀 (assuming, of course, that this is for computer science!)Anyways, I'm attaching your algorithm now! I did it on a generalized hiring approach that a company might take towards a new employee! Let me know in the future if you have any related homework, I'm more than happy to help 😎

The following is a systematic, generalized algorithm for how a company should go about
hiring a new employee who has applied online.

1: View and mark resume with any questions and concerns.
2: If resume is satisfactory, contact employee via e-mail requesting phone interview.
3: Create question list, and conduct phone interview.
4: If candidate proves to be a good prospect, schedule in-person meeting with him/her and head
of department in which he/she will be working.
5: Prepare realistic workplace environment based questions for the employee during interview;
do not neglect questions about work ethic.
6: Schedule meeting ...

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Tutor went the extra mile to help me with this essay. Citations were a bit shaky but I appreciated how well he handled APA styles and how ok he was to change them even though I didnt specify. Got a B+ which is believable and acceptable.

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